England are basically gifting Watson a Test ton here
Kerrigan's been taken off. That's not going to do his confidence any good
Michael Clarke is in all sorts of bother. He just isn't comfortable at all
And that's the end of that sorry innings. Clarke plays on to his off stump for 7
Anderson moves on to 326 Test wickets and moves past Big Bad Bob Willis
A wild flash by Smith nearly gets an edge to Prior.
There it is. Shane Watson's third Test century and his first since 2010 which came against India in Mohali. 48 innings without a century
Cook basically has a three man attack at the moment
Oh dear me - a perfect ball from Anderson moves away a touch and gets Watson's edge -off the shoulder of the bat and Cook shells it
Oh dear - a horrible horrible full toss no ball from Kerrigan.
This is serious yips from Kerrigan
Afternoon Session Summary
The afternoon began with Broad bowling a series of short balls to Clarke and Watson. The latter being hit in the jaw by one when he was on 91*. It shook him up but he batted on admirably to his century which ca,e off just 114 balls. A perfect delivery by Anderson got the shoulder of his bat when he was on 104 and a regulation slip catch was dropped by Cook.
Clarke's painful and sorry innings came to end when Anderson clipped the top of his off stump to take him past Bob Willis's wicket tally and to become the second leading English wicket taker of all time.
After a battering in the morning session both Woakes and Kerrigan returned for second spells. Woakes started his second spell with 2 maidens and bowled much tighter. Sadly Kerrigan was clearly nervous and struggling bowling long hops and full tosses. A really difficult debut for the lad.
Watson and Smith moved the score easily on to 183/3 at tea.
Back for the evening session and it's a good first over from Woakes
Blimey - didn't see that coming. Watson hooks straight down KP's throat.
Close of play Summary
Australia 307/4 at Stumps.
The day started with the surprise news that England were going to play five bowlers, handing Test match debuts to Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan. Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat in gloriously sunny conditions on an Oval featherbed. Anderson made an early breakthrough dismissing Warner for just 6 but after that England struggled. Watson was in aggressive and dominant form deciding to target both Woakes and Kerrigan when they were brought on to bowl. After lunch, Broad and Swann put Australia under some pressure with some tight bowling. Swann was rewarded with the wicket of Rogers edging to slip.
At the other end Broad was battering Clarke with a series of short pitched balls that the Australian skipper could not cope with. Watson was struck under the helmet by a bouncer from Broad when he was on 91* but after some on-pitch treatment he was able to continue. It wasn’t long before Clarke’s horrible innings came to end when he got an inside edge off Anderson on to his off-stump. The evening session saw Smith and Watson move the scoreboard along steadily all evening. Surely before close Watson was caught hooking a short ball off Broad straight down Pietersen’s throat.
Thank you for your company today - we'll be back at 10.45 tomorrow for more of the same. Have a lovely sun soaked evening
COVERS HOKEY COKEY - They've still got their left leg in. I'll let you know when the left leg goes out
45 runs added in the hour we have been playing
A maiden from Woakes. No sign of Swann or Kerrigan yet. This isn't their day really - this is one for the seamers
Appeal from Prior - he thinks Haddin has hit it behind. And they've decided to review. Only Prior appealed. How weird
What a weird review - he was nowhere near it. Hit the thigh pad on the way through but nowhere near the bat
Brad Haddin has lost his mojo. Can't time a thing now
A bit of suicidal running nearly sees the end of Smith. Trott scoops up and shies at the stumps but it misses.
Four from Smith moves him to a career best of 93*
They are getting a move on here - perhaps a declaration coming